Eight people were killed and a ninth was seriously injured in a fire at a karaoke bar in the South Korean city of Busan on Wednesday, police said.
They said dozens of other customers escaped the blaze which broke out in mid-evening in the Youngdo district of the southern port city. The cause of the fire was not yet known.
The Busan fire was the country's second deadly blaze in just over two months. Six people were killed in early December in a fire at a cold storage warehouse at Icheon, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Seoul.